"Somewhere between excellent and confusing"
About: Royal Bournemouth General Hospital / General surgery Royal Bournemouth General Hospital General surgery BH7 7DW
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I came for day surgery. When I came round I was in severe pain and the surgeon said that they would get it sorted for me and that I wouldn’t go anywhere until it was. There then became a battle between the anaesthetist and the nurse in the day unit who was trying very hard to give me good care. Eventually the nurse who was very sweet did advocate for me and I stayed in overnight and managed to see the pain team.
Ended up on Ward 12 which was very good indeed with the exception of one nurse who wanted to argue that my pain scores were not as I was suggesting. It is on my notes that I am autistic and my expressions will not always match the norm. My sister who is a nurse came to visit luckily and interceded to get me pain relief and anti nausea medicine but sadly not before I threw up violently which really hurt my stomach. The same nurse who was arguing about pain scores was the one who seemed to think we were demanding immediate attention when we were just flagging it up that I was about to be very sick.A word to the nurse in question, yes having lysis surgery as well as a hernia repair is extremely painful - particularly when the stomach lining (omentum) was firmly adhered in various places and needed freeing up.
I did not appreciate having to have an argument about whether my pain level was as I suggested .
It’s a shame as in every other way the treatment was absolutely amazing but nobody seem to be listening to the surgeon or her suggestions and I had to repeat over and over what I needed to get myself under control. I got there in the end. I am 100 grateful to the lovely HCAs and night nurses as well as my wonderful surgeon though.